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Large Contemporary Country Garden Design in Dorset

Designed by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith MSGD. Featured on the front cover of the Garden Design Journal.

Once two separate properties, this traditional Dorset Farmhouse and outbuildings needed a garden to match its now, stunning interior. The house is surrounded by rich old meadow pasture and rolling hills with views to the sea.  The entrance garden is swept by icy cold winds in the winter from the north east and blasted by the occasional strong south westerly in the main garden.

Large Contemporary Country Garden Design in Dorset by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith MSGD

The separated grounds needed to be combined and provide a connection between the beautiful, contemporary interior and the timeless landscape in which it sat. Strong structural elements were softened by lush planting that catches the breeze in this windswept coastal garden.

Large Contemporary Country Garden Design in Dorset by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith MSGD

The old driveway was taken away and replaced with a beautiful traditional summer meadow with bulbs added to give the meadow a lift in the spring with many narcissi species. A mown path was used to give a softer approach and access to the functional areas of the grounds.

Large Contemporary Country Garden Design in Dorset by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith MSGD

The planting was created in layers showing the changes throughout the seasons.  Grasses were used to provide colour and texture throughout the autumn months when many flowers and planting are reducing.

Large Contemporary Country Garden Design in Dorset by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith MSGD

Purbeck stone was used in different forms to give varied textures under foot and on the walls as well as to the eye.

This garden was also featured in The Garden Design Journal:

Large Contemporary Country Garden Design in Dorset by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith MSGD

Plants List:

The full plant list used in this beautiful garden can be found below. Click any plant to learn more.

Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'
Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Eryngium alpinum
Elaeagnus x ebbingei
Buxus sempervirens
Hyssopus officinalis
Viburnum davidii
Verbena bonariensis
Stipa tenuissima
Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'
Choisya ternata
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine'
Sarcococca confusa
Convallaria majalis
Cynara cardunculus
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Erysimum 'Bowles' Mauve'
Buddleja alternifolia
Perovskia 'Blue Spire'
Hebe albicans
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Sedum (Herbstfreude Group) 'Herbstfreude'
Calamagrostis brachytrich
Panicum virgatum 'Warrior'
Sedum 'Matrona'
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Bergenia 'Silberlicht'
Molinia caerulea subsp. arundinacea 'Karl Foerster'
Acer campestre
Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau'
Salvia officinalis
Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough'
Bergenia 'Bressingham White'
Cephalaria gigantea
Sisyrinchium striatum 'Aunt May'
Phlomis russeliana
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'
Euonymus planipes
Euphorbia mellifera
Rosa 'Geranium'
Lonicera x purpusii 'Winter Beauty'
Phlomis tuberosa 'Amazone'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'
Helleborus argutifolius
Stipa arundinacea
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Spessart'
Veronica gentianoides 'Tissington White'
Rosa rugosa 'Rubra'
Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
Lonicera fragrantissima
Helleborus x hybridus Harvington pink
Gillenia trifoliata
Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'
Santolina pinnata 'Edward Bowles'
Anemone hupehensis 'September Charm'
Lavandula angustifolia
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'
Daphne odora 'Walberton'
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Rubus thibetanus
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee'
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Bergenia 'Sunningdale'
Rubus 'Benenden'
Polystichum setiferum 'Pulcherrimum Bevis'
Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'
Viola riviniana 'Purpurea'
Helichrysum italicum 'Korma'
Rosmarinus officinalis
Echinacea purpurea 'Fatal Attraction'
Salvia x sylvestris 'Rose Queen'
Astrantia 'Buckland'
Salvia x sylvestris 'Dear Anja'
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'
Origanum 'Rosenkuppel'
Veronicastrum virginicum f. roseum 'Pink Glow'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'
Elymus magellanicus
Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Helleborus x hybridus Harvington picotee
Syringa vulgaris 'Primrose'
Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea 'Moorhexe'
Eryngium planum 'Blue Glitter'
Helleborus x hybridus Harvington double white speckled
Helleborus x hybridus 'Harvington Smokey Blues'
Stipa gigantea 'Gold Fontaene'
Molinia caerulea subsp caerulea 'Poul Petersen'
Lysimachia ephemerum
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Alba'
Origanum 'Kent Beauty'
Hebe 'Bowles's Hybrid'
Achillea 'Pretty Belinda'
Polystichum setiferum (Divisilobum Group) 'Divisilobum Wollaston'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Abundance'
Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia'
Aster x frikartii 'Flora's Delight'
Designed by Helen Elks-Smith

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